World number one Simona Halep was in top form as she blew away Belgium’s Elise Mertens at Roland Garros on Monday.
The Romanian has developed a reputation as a choker after losing three grand slam finals, including two in Paris, but looked anything but nervous against her 22-year old opponent.
Halep overpowered Mertens 6-2, 6-1 in exactly one hour on Philippe-Chatrier to set up a last eight meeting with Angelique Kerber.
After the win, Halep admitted what everyone suspected that she gets extremely tense before big matches, but added that she is trying to embrace the nerves as she seeks to break her grand slam duck.
“I don’t know how the other players are before the matches, but I think I am very nervous before every match, and this is because I am like this,” said Halep.
“So I’m not going to fight with myself about that. But I try to improve this thing, and I try to enjoy my nerves, because they are special when you play in a Grand Slam.”